This started with a simple text exchange with one of my buddies, knowing my affinity for both math and college basketball, about how difficult it would be to fill out a perfect march madness bracket. With about 9,223,372,040,000,000,000 potential brackets (over 9 quintillion), it is obviously quite a challenge. So, the challenge is to simulate 10,000 brackets and find the prefect one, or at least see how good the best bracket can be.
Obviously, a majority of the work and results will be during those magnificent weeks in March when college basketball bests all. But, until then, I will be busy preparing, figuring out the best way to simulate games and using historical data to validate the results.
For the record, the simulations will be done after the field is cut to 64 teams. Projecting 63 games correctly is a big enough challenge for now, so sorry to the first four.
Any comments or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Posted on: January 17, 2011 7:09 pm